IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders have finally came to a conclusion regarding the spot left by star all-rounder Pat Cummins in the KKR squad. Kolkata has signed Tim Southee for the remainder of the Indian Premier League 2021. 31 games will be played in the second phase of IPL 2021. The second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to commence from the 19th of September in UAE. The New Zealand fast bowler, Tim Southee comes in place of Pat Cummins who has pulled out of the IPL second leg citing personal reasons.
The IPL Media Advisory on August 26, 2021 have confirmed this news and also mentioned all the player replacements for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders.
|Injured / Replaced Player||Team||Replacement Player|
|Adam Zampa||RCB||Wanindu Hasaranga|
|Daniel Sams||RCB||Dushmantha Chameera|
|Kane Richardson||RCB||George Garton|
|Finn Allen||RCB||Tim David|
|Jofra Archer||RR||Glenn Phillips|
|Andrew Tye||RR||Tabraiz Shamsi|
|Riley Meredith||PBKS||Nathan Ellis|
|Jhye Richardson||PBKS||Adil Rashid|
|Pat Cummins||KKR||Tim Southee|
Why Pat Cummins pulled out of IPL 2021 second phase?
Pat Cummins was KKR’s most expensive recruit. He was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping 15.5 crores in IPL 2020 and since then, he has been the backbone of the bowling department of the franchise. Cummins is not just a bowler, he has been contributing with the bat as well. However, the talented Australian pacer has decided to pull of the second leg of IPL 2021 as his wife is pregnant and is due to give birth in around September or October. Cummins confirmed that he will not be available for IPL 2021 second phase in one of the Q&A sessions of his official YouTube channel in August.
Tim Southee has played in the IPL for six consecutive years but he went unsold in the 2020 auction. Southee played last in IPL for RCB in 2019. He finished that edition with an economy rate of 13 in the three games that he played. Tim Southee had previously played for Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). In 40 IPL games, he has picked 28 wickets at an economy rate of 8.47.
Brendon McCullum, Head Coach of KKR said the following on replacement of Pat Cummins with Tim Southee, “We are delighted to have Southee in our ranks. He is a proven match-winner and a welcome addition to the already strong pace attack of KKR. With Cummins being unavailable we wanted to add experience and leadership to our bowling group and Southee is the ideal man for the job.”